Designer for over 15 years.

 

Elvisto “Elvis” Restaino has been a designer for over 15 years. Jimmy Kimmel gave him his start in the Art Department on “The Man Show." He quickly developed a reputation for unique and provocative environments in the film and television industry. He studied the theory of lighting from the most prestigious cinematographers in the entertainment business and incorporated that knowledge into all of his production designs.

He then took his theatrical sensibilities and applied them to the commercial and residential design world.

He was fortunate enough to meet actor Gerard Butler when he was in need of an architectural designer for his loft in New York City. Gerard loved Elvis’ passionate theatrical style and hired him immediately. That project was featured on the cover of Architectural Digest.  

Elvis’ approach to space and composition are alluring and intoxicating, always reflecting the personal essence of all his clients. An efficient project manager, he oversees the entire project from manufacturing to construction, ensuring every detail achieves his level of passion.

This passion all started when he was seven years old after his first ride on Disney’s, “The Pirates of the Caribbean."  He asked his Italian American Momma, who happened to be a costume seamstress on Broadway, “Who designed that ride?”  She said, “They are Production Designers.” Elvis replied, “Then that is what I want to be!” 

He has been recycling the past and designing alternative worlds ever since.


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He loves his dark roasted coffee beans freshly ground and percolated in the morning. His love for cooking, fabulous wine, conversation with his family and loved ones are a must in his life. He prefers a snowstorm to a sunny day.

Elvis is a tough man to miss in a crowd of people. His fashion style is distinctive, he is never seen without his triple Windsor knotted cravat that accents his piercing blue eyes.  Every morning he walks his dogs, makes his bed, and is thankful for the freedom to create.

 

Selected Projects.


Architectural Design

  • Société du Vin | Bridgehampton, New York
  • Gerard Butler's Private Loft | Chelsea, New York

Restaurant Design

  • Frankie's | Valencia, California
  • Tredici | East Rutherford, New Jersey

 


Production Design

 
Actress Nicole Kidman on set with Elvis.

Actress Nicole Kidman on set with Elvis.

Feature Films

  • I Kissed a Vampire
  • Windy City Heat | Comedy Central
  • Bloodsport iiii
  • Sinbad and the Battle of the Dark Knights

Elvis Restaino | Set Design for Star Wars

Characters C3PO & R2D2 recall the Star Wars episodes.

 

Television | Episodic

  • Helping Parents to Rock | ft. Jake Black, Kiss, Travis Barker, Alanis Morrissete, Alicia Keys | ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • The Man Show | ft. Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Corolla | Comedy Central
  • Late Night With Adam Corolla | Comedy Central
 

Television | Specials

  • Weeds Season 3 | Good Morning Agrestic
  • The Mole II | ft. Anderson Cooper
  • Celebrity Mole | ft. Kathy Griffen
 

dvd specials | hbo first look

  • The Story of Star Wars | ft. C3PO & R2D2
  • Kung Fu Panda | ft. Jack Black
  • Moulin Rouge | ft. Nicole Kidman, Baz Lehrman
  • Planet of the Apes | ft. Estella Warren
  • Ladder 49 | ft. John Travolta
  • From Hell | ft. Heather Graham
  • Herbie Fully Loaded | ft. Lindsay Lohan
  • The Day after Tomorrow | ft. Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Mr Popper’s Penguins | ft. Jim Carrey
  • Assembling “Robots” | ft. Drew Carey
 

Commercials

  • Toyota | ft. Adam Corolla

Articles.

Leslie Alexander spent $5 million last year to convert an old potato barn in Bridgehampton into a chic members-only wine club, Société du Vin. Designed by Hollywood set designer Elvis Restaino, the new 10,000-square-foot space is a home away from home for significant wine collections.
— Robb Report